Peace and Northeast Under Flood Watch
Prince George, B.C. – The deluge of rain in the Prince George region today is even worse in the northeast.
The BC Rivers Forecast Centre has issued a flood watch for the Peace Region, including streams near the Pine Pass, Chetwynd, Tumbler Ridge, Dawson Creek and Fort St John as well as streams near Fort Nelson.
The Pine Pass is closed from the Junction with Highway 39 through to Chetwynd because of flooding, and there are concerns the highway may have been washed away in some areas. That has yet to be confirmed.
In Prince George, the City closed all sport and baseball fields because the ground is saturated, raising the risk of injuries to the public and to the turf should play continue in these conditions.
The River Forecast Centre says water levels in the Peace and North east increased rapidly overnight, and rainfall totals earlier today ranged from 15 to 60 mm, with the higher totals recorded near the Pine Pass.
Rainfall from an Alberta Low has caused rapid increases in water levels in streams overnight in the region. Rainfall totals up to 11am this morning range from 15 to 60 mm, with the higher totals recorded near Pine Pass.
“Environment Canada indicates this weather system is expected to continue to affect the region through Friday. The system has evolved to include a centre of accumulation in the Peace region and a centre in the Northeast region. Forecast rainfall totals range from 50 to 100 mm over the next 48 hours. The higher totals are likely near Pine Pass and Hudson Hope and southeast of Fort Nelson” reads the advisory from the River Forecast Centre.
The River Forecast Centre says flooding is likely along the following streams and their smaller tributaries by Thursday and into Friday:
- Moberly River is forecast to reach flows between 100 and 120 m3/s by Thursday and peak early Friday morning. Peak flows may exceed the 10-year return period flow. Flows will begin to recede by late Friday.
- Kiskatinaw River is forecast to reach flows between 300 and 430 m3/s by Thursday and peak early Friday morning. Peak flows may exceed the 10-year return period flow. Flows will begin to recede by late Friday.
- Fontas River is forecast to reach flows between 400 to 570 m3/s by Friday and peak by Saturday morning. Peak flows may approach the 20-year return period flow event. Flows will begin to recede by late Saturday.
Other major streams in the region are expected to see high flows by Thursday, although flooding is not expected at this time. Flows will vary depending on the actual precipitation totals for a given basin.